Paul Granjon

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DNSEP Fine-Art (French BA Fine-Art equivalent)


Paul Granjon has worked for CSAD since 1995. He is a recognised media art and performance artist working with self-made machines. He represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and has presented work internationally since 1990. Recent international work include a performance tour of Switzerland, a durational piece in Sydney and the development of a robot guide for a science art exhibition in Luxemburg. He was commissioned by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to make a song and pop video to encourage young people to learn programming. His current practice involves participatory events where e-waste up cycling is combined with digital fabrication, and collaborations with robotic scientists in the UK and France.

Current research

Co-evolution of humans and machines, robots in performance, home manufacturing, role of electronic arts within humanities and science and technology studies.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Click here to view Paul’s papers and publications on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s DSpace repository.

Solo shows
Is Technology Eating my Brain, Watermans Arts Centre, London, UK

Dynamo Wrekshop and Thingy Robots, Arcade Cardii, Cardii, UK
Oriel Factory, Oriel Davies, Newtown, UK

Hand-Made Machines, G39, Cardiff, UK

Sexed Robots, Lighthouse, Brighton, UK
Positive activities, Le Lieu, Québec City, Canada

Grrr, Galerie Justine Lacroix, Marseille, France
Furman and Sexed Robots, Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Quelques créatures, residence in Galerie Séquence, Chicoutimi, Canada

Selected group shows and festivals screenings (S), exhibitions (E) and performances (P)
Maker Faire Newcastle, UK
Eppur Si Muove, Luxembourg, Luxemburg

Watermans Digital Arts and Performance weekender, London (P)
Digital Brainstorming, Switzerland (performances in Geneva, Basel, Zürich, and Kriens) (P)
University of Sydney, Australia as part of International Symposium for the Electronic Arts 2013 (P)

Oriel Mostyn Llandudno (E)
Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield, UK 2012 (P)
Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, USA 2012 (E)
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia 2012 (P)

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK (P)
London Word Festival, London, UK (P)
UM Festival, Dublin, Ireland (P)
MUDAM, Luxembourg (E)
Nouveaux Monstres, National Theatre Toulouse, F (E)

Performing the Real Festival, Brut Theatre, Vienna, Austria (P)
(Techno)Sexual, Videotage Gallery, Hong Kong, China (E)
Zoontotechnique conference, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK (P)
Maker Faire Africa, Nairobi, Kenya (P + E)
DA Festival Sofia, Bulgaria (P)
Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff UK (P)
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia (P)
Performance Space, Sydney, Australia (P)

Ich Maschine, Edith Russ Haus für Medien Kunst, Oldenburg, Germany (P + E)
The Basement, Brighton, UK (P)
Supertoys, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (P)
New Territories Festival, Glasgow, UK (P)
Winzavod Arts Centre, Moscow, Russia (E)
Ubersong, Bristol, UK (S)
Via Festival, Créteil, France (E)
Exit festival, Maubeuge, France (E)
Locws International, Swansea (P + E)
DePlayer, Rotterdam, NL, (P)
Sacred Festival, Chelsea Theatre, London (P)
Lab30 Festival, Augsburg, Germany (P)
Amber Festival, Istanbul, Turkey (P + E)
Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, UK (P)

Jump, Nam June Paik Art Centre, Youngin, Korea (E)
OK Night, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz Austria (P)
Eclology of the Techno Mind, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz Austria (E)
Experimentica Festival, Cardiff, UK (P)
G39, Cardiff, UK (E)
Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK, (S), France (P)
La Dégelée Rabelais, Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignons, France (E)
La Dégelée Rabelais, Musée Pierre André Benoit, Alès, France (S)
Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK (P)
Butterfly Cafe, Osaka, Japan (P)
Barbican Arts Centre, London, UK (P)

Gedankensprünge, Gessnerallee, Zürich, Switzerland (P)
Cardiff Art in Time festival, Cardiff, UK (P)
Tomorrow Now, MUDAM, Luxemburg (E)
Enter Unknown Territories festival, Cambridge, UK (P)
Bandits-Mages festival, Bourges, France (P)
Walking the Line, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff, UK (E)
Bad joke, Tallin, Estonia (E)
Re-Actor2, Leeds, UK(P)
Infr’actions festival, Sète, France (P)
Poésie Marseille, Marseille, France (P)
Roboexotica Festival, Vienna, Austria (P)
Frankenstein’s Monster, Stockholm, Sweden (E)
The Mask of the Red Death, BAC, London, UK (E)

Unfriendly Takeover, Frankfurt, Germany (P)
Reconfiguration, Blip, Brighton, UK (P)
Homo Futuris, Vooruit, Gent, Belgium (P, E)
Make Fair, Brussels, Belgium (E)
Gameplay, Q-Arts, Derby, UK (E)
Creative Cyborgs, Dana Centre, London, UK (P)
Vivid, Birmingham, UK (P)
Battersea Arts Center, London, UK (P)
Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany (P)
Somewhere Else, Something Else, Oriel Davies, Newtown, UK (E)
In Between Time Festival, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (P)

Somewhere Else, Artists from Wales, Welsh Pavilion 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (E)
May You Live in Interesting Times, Cardiff, UK, (P)
BigBlip05, Brighton, UK (E)
Amino Performance-Lecture programme, Baltic Arts Centre, Gateshead, UK (P)
Kontejner Projekt Touch Me, Galeria Nova, Zagreb, Croatia (P)
International Exhibitionist, Curzon Cinema, London, UK (S)

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK (P)
Rencontres Internationales de performance, Québec, Canada (P)
University of Québec in Chicoutimi, Canada (P)
Open Borders, Droog design, Tri Postal, Lille, France (E)
Musée de l’objet, Blois, France (P)
Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany (P)
Machinista Festival, Glasgow, UK (P)
Bad behaviour, touring exhibition from the Arts Council of England, UK (E)

Granjon, P (2015) This Machine Could Bite – on the Role of Non-Benign Art Robots, in Fibreculture Journal Special Issue on Robotic Art, 2015 (publication due mid 2015)

Granjon, P (2014) Coy-B, an Art Robot for Exploring the Ontology of Artificial Creatures, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems 14th Annual Conference, TAROS 2013, Oxford, UK, August 28–30, 2013, Revised Selected Papers,Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Springer

IN PRESS: ‘Biting Machine, a Performance art Experiment in Human-Machine interaction’, International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA), Sydney, Australia, 12th June 2013.

IN PRESS: ‘Coy-B, an Art Robot for Exploring the Ontology of Artificial Creatures’, 14th Towards Autonomous Robotics Systems (TAROS), St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK, 28th August 2013. This paper will be included in the refereed conference proceedings, published as part of the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

Performing with Machines and Machines that Perform, in International Journal for Performance and Digital Media, Intellect, UK
Hand-Made Machines, monograph, G39, UK

A Personal Story of Art and Technology, in Hothaus Papers, Perspectives and Paradigms in Media Arts, Vivid/Article Press, UK


Creative Wales award, Arts Council of Wales

Production grant from Arts Council Wales
Commission from Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown Australia

Travel grant from Wales Arts International
Grant from Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Commission from Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK
Commission from Discovery World, Milwaukee, USA

Travel grant from Wales Arts International

Nesta fellowship (National Endowmwent for Science Technology and the Arts)

Supervision of Doctoral Research (titles or broad areas of investigation)

Electronic and robotic art